The police on Wednesday cracked the robbery of Rs 1.34 crore from the cash van of Axis Bank with the arrest of eight accused. The arrests came within 48 hours of the daring dacoity.
More than Rs 1.28 crore of the robbed cash, besides some stolen cars and weapons used in the crime were recovered from the accused. The accused have been identified as Ranpreet Singh alias Rana, 35, native of Gaju village in Banur; Joginder Singh, 38, and Tajwinder Singh alias Channi, both residents of Sohana, SAS Nagar; Lakhwinder Singh, 27, native of Ludhiana; Gurvinder Singh Lalli, 25, and Rahul Kumar, 22, residents of Neelpur village, Rajpura; Parminder Singh, 31, resident of Sector 23, Chandigarh; and Buta Geer, 22, resident of Seampur village in SAS Nagar.
Giving details to the media, inspector general of police (IG) Paramjeet Singh Gill said Ranpreet, the kingpin of the gang, planned the dacoity and directed his accomplices to not carry their mobile phones as the police could trace them using their mobile tower location.
The gang continuously monitored the cash van’s movement and decided to strike in SAS Nagar on March 9, he added.
SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said on the day of the crime, they waited outside the bank’s parking in Sector 34 and waited for the cash van to arrive. As the van left after loading cash, they started tailing it and struck as it reached Sector 85 in SAS Nagar.
SP (detective) Gursharandeep Grewal claimed that during interrogation, the accused revealed that after transferring the looted cash in three bags, they abandoned the stolen SUV near Sekhann Majra village, and on foot moved towards the house of a relative of Butta Geer, one of the accused.
SSP Bhullar said they soon left the village and travelled to an isolated place near Nadda Sahib gurdwara in Panchkula, where they divided around Rs 16 lakh among themselves and dispersed to their homes.
IG Gill revealed that Ranpreet was involved in several robbery cases registered at SAS Nagar and Rajpura, whereas Rahul, Parminder, Talwinder and Buta were facing two cases each.
UT police to interrogate accused
The crime branch of UT police will interrogate the accused as part of investigation of a similar dacoity conducted at Khuda Ali Sher, on the outskirts of Chandigarh, in June last year. The accused had fled after robbing the cash van which contained Rs 5 lakh.
Not only this, the same gang is also suspected to have forcibly taken away a Ford Endeavour from 44-year-old Karandeep, a resident of Sector 33, on February 15 this year.